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news on the bear area at 6:00. we'll see you then. lt by u.s. warplanes intensifies. a defiant gadhafi warns of a crusader war and vows to fight back. crusader war and vows to fight back. tonight, what is the endgame? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, everyone. the pentagon tonight says the allied assault on libya's military has inflicted heavy damage on moammar gadhafi's forces and grounded his combat planes. that assault, which we now know is being led by american warplanes, including long-range stealth bombers, has targeted both libya's air defenses and ground troops in an effort to halt gadhafi's attacks on anti-government rebels. but coalition officials insist gadhafi himself is not a target. tonight, as anti-aircraft fire lit up the skies over tripoli, libya's military command order claimed again it wasrding its units to observe is i cease-fire, a claim western forces are skeptical of. we begin tonight with jim miklaszewski. jim? >> reporter: lester, there's only been one full day of american and coalition air strikes against libya, but senior u.s. m
are without food, clean water and electricity. we have team coverage from the epicenter of thedy sast to the u.s. greg, what is the latest? >> a cold dark night here in the fishing village and the folks probably went to bed thinking of what the prime minister had to say. he told them it would take determination to get them through this. just up the coast, the nuclear complex with so much problems in the past couple of days, today, another reactor facing the possibility of a meltdown. they say they are in control of the situation. but the evacuation from the region around the reactors continues and the possibility of poisoning from radioactivity also going forward. dozens are testing positive for that. now to the number. there is one official here, in one region who said yesterday that 10,000 people were missing. now he is saying he feels that 10,000 people are dead in his region alone. that may add to the figure. we traveled today and we notice shortages are a problem. of food, of fuel and power in this village, of everything people need to get by. that is why relief is rushing to this area. tod
the u.s. military is getting ready to take an extraordinary step evacuating troops from the island. >>> and i'm kiran chetry. no relief in sight for homeowners. new numbers showing how weak the housing market is. and even more troubling, analysts said we may not have hit bottom yet. "american morning" starts right now. >>> all right. it is tuesday, march 22nd. a lot of news this morning. again, it's been a wild couple of weeks. >> and it's well into the day in japan. already another two earthquakes today. we're well into the 600s in terms of aftershocks and tremors. more concerns there. >> we're going to bring everybody up to date on that. but first, we're going to start with libya. coalition forces hammering moammar gadhafi's forces and positions as the head of forces in libya said the coalition flew 80 missions yesterday more than half of them by countries other than the united states. also saying that the dictator's momentum has been stopped, at least for now. but in misrata, which is a key city two hours east of tripoli, people are saying that civilians are still being massacre
. what will the u.s. do in those countries, if anything? plus, does the united states have a responsibility to intervene in the humanitarian crisis that was this woman trashing a liquor store when she did not receive prompt attention from a clerk? we'll discuss. first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. >>> american military officials are claiming initial success in isolating moammar gadhafi's regime, after a weekend of punishing allied air attacks in libya. according tocy officials, coalition strikes have crippled gadhafi's air defenses and a no fly zone is in place over the country. although gadhafi himself is not a target of what is being called operation odyssey dawn, at least not now. one of the strikes caused extensive damage to the libyan leader's compound in tripoli last night. at this hour, gadhafi's whereabouts remain unknown, but he has vowed to fight a quote long, drawn-out war with western forces. >>> meanwhile, the pentagon says there is so far no evidence that civilians in libya have been harmed in the conflict, although it w
indoors. the u.s. government says its residents within 50 miles should leave. >> we think it's a prudent measure to follow the evacuation based on how we would handle a situation like that in the united states. >> reporter: there are six reactors at the site. in unit 1 an explosion destroyed part of an outer building. in unit 2 there may have been an explosion rupturing the containment facility and possibly letting radioactive fuel escape. unit 3 was the target of today's water drops. it too had an explosion of the outer building and it also has exposed fuel rods. unit 4 was shut down for maintenance when the earthquake struck, but it became the subject of a controversy when the head of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission said its stored fuel rods were totally exposed. units 5 and 6, which are also out of service, may also have problems with their used fuel rods. experts say unit 3 is especially dangerous, because it has recycled fuel that contains plutonium, an even greater health threat than the uranium in the oar reactors. the first of that electricity, brian, will go to unit 2. un
, this time at reactor number 4. martha: the u.s. officials say the next 28-48 hours are critical in stopping and cooling down what's going on inside these reactors. if it doesn't happen, this area could be deadly for many years to come. good morning julian. tell me what the latest is from where you are. >> reporter: i think have much the efforts today to put cold water on the reactors has failed. the helicopters have only marginally put as much water as they wanted to on the reactors. it doesn't seem to be having a regular effect. all hopes rest with the crews trying to link up the electricity line back into the plant that will then allow them to restart the generators which automatically pump cold water onto these heated up reactors and bring temperatures down. all other efforts seem to have failed. the attempt to use fire engines to pump cold water on the reactors has failed. they are look at a single solution now. martha: it sounds like it's up to these people known as the fukushima 50, 180 workers rotating in and out of the plant to limit their own exposure to the radiation. what a coura
report. >> it's just the beginning. >> the u.s. and allies, now seeing the effects of a full scale military operation to stop libya's leader, muammar gaddafi. >> and effectively he hasn't flown any in the last few days, i would say the no-fly zone is effectively in place. >> harris: that was 24 hours ago, and tonight, fox reports live from tripoli. what our journalists on the ground are seeing now. plus, life saving supply already running low in japan's devastation zone. now traces of radiation found in even more food sources. but a month a frantic rush to contain a nuclear disaster. >> earthquake survivors pulled from the wreckage. we're live from japan where a new day begins. we begin tonight with a heavy bombardment by coalition forces inside libya. mixed messages by muammar gaddafi who has called for a new cease-fire and promises to fight to the death at the same time. here is where we stand. the fog calling operation odyssey dawn a success and we're told the no-fly zone is now in effect and cruise missiles and long range bombers have taken out a number of key targets including
, and the u.s. are scrambling to enforce a no-fly zone over libya now that the u.n. security council has authorized all necessary measures. cnn international correspondent nic robertson is live in tripoli. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, christine. well, we've already heard from the deputy foreign minister here who says he doesn't expect immediate air strikes here, but wouldn't say what preparations the army or anyone else in the country may be taking to defend the country with this new u.n. resolution. when he was asked about the cease-fire that the resolution calls for, he seemed to indicate that the government here was going to take some time to do that. they didn't have anyone to negotiate with that they would put it in place. but this was something that was going to take time. seemed to hint that the army here may plan to continue with some of its offensive. that offensive was going on in the east, and we have no updated information from that front line this morning, christine. >> does this u.n. resolution paint -- does it paint them into a corner, gadhafi and his alli
, tsunami warnings for at least 20 countries. and hawaii and the west coast of the u.s. under warnings as well. let me tell you about this quake. a devastating one, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded. it was an 8.9 magnitude quake. it hit off the coast of japan overnight. there have been several powerful aftershocks being felt, up to 7.0 in magnitude. the quake was centered 300 miles from tokyo, but it was felt in tokyo. buildings swayed. take a look at these pictures. our bureau there in tokyo as well. some of our co-workers being thrown around at times as well. this is just one of the views inside. people poured out onto the streets afterwards. they say it's a city in chaos right now. the danger we have now, the concern, a tsunami. it did trigger a tsunami, massive waves, some as high as 30 feet, starting to come ashore in places. this wall of water is starting to bring with it -- it's washing away cars, boats, buildings. looks like lava almost making its way through. here's the most stunning picture. waves of mud and debris can be seen like lava flowing through some
will explain to those lawmakers and to the american people his take on the u.s. military involve in the the north african nation, which began just over a week ago. white house correspondent mike emanuel is at the national defense university, the site of the speech tonight with a preview. mike? >> reporter: good evening. president obama will speak to a mostly military audience in the auditorium about why he authorized military force in libya. and where the mission goes from here. military intervention by the u.s. and allies appeared to have shifted momentum in favor of the rebels who fought their way to muammar gaddafi's hometown of sirte. >> clearly, the opposition is not well-organized and it's not a very robust organization. that is obvious. so any gain that they make is tenuous based on that. >> reporter: in a town hall on univision simulcast in spanish, president obama reiterated about libya. >> our involvement is there is going to be limited. both in time and in scope. >> reporter: over the weekend, mr. obama explained why he believed military action was necessary. >> i firm
the american people tonight to explain the u.s. mission in libya. the reasoning behind it. the u.s. military's role, and are we go from here. all this comes on the heels of a significant, rather, a dramatic victory for the administration with nato agreeing yesterday to take command of the mission including the ground attack. that as international airstrikes continue for the 9th night over the nation. libya state tv broadcast these images from a southern city of sabha claiming the attacks were against civilians. top nato commander today hitting back against suggestions that nato forces are essentially providing air cover for the rebels. >> our goal, our goal, it is to help protect civilians and population centers from attack or that are the threat of an attack. >>shepard: the in six not to take sides but we have. the opposition is benefiting, before the no-fly zone they were in trouble but this has weakened the military. and now the two sides are fighting on equal terms because of us and they are closing in on muammar qaddafi's hometown, a key government stronghold on the road to tripoli. and
, however, as you noted, because even amid this crisis, the u.s. has had some contact with libyan officials and that has been critical in terms of helping to get americans and others out of the tripoli safely. so if you were to cut off all of those ties, that could put some of the remaining americans, obviously, in some jeopardy. why would the u.s. then take such a dramatic step and cut off all diplomatic ties? because that was a big deal for colonel gadhafi a few years ago when the george w. bush administration finally said he was no longer a rogue state, that they would recognize him diplomatally because he came forward with his weapons program. if all of a sudden the u.s. cut off all ties, that would he remove even more if there is a shred of legitimacy left for gadhafi and remove it once and for all. that would be the pressure point because that is something he has craved so long is have some legitimacy on the world stage. of course, given what ben is reporting and given what is happening on the ground right now, it's doubtful he has any legitimacy but the u.s. is looking for any lever
%. bill: the mounting nuclear concerns forcing the u.s. military to reposition some ships and aircraft away from the east coast of japan. the u.s.s. ronald reagan now pulling back from the fukushima plant after low levels of radioactivity were found in the air. 17 air crew members who returned from a relief mission were said to have been exposed to low levels of radioactive activity. they were treated but they have not had any reaction. >> reporter: following the disaster in japan some say it's still a viable and vital source of energy in the u.s., but connecticut senator joe lieberman says it's time to put a brake on nuclear power. >> put the brakes on it until we understand the ramifications of what's happened in japan. we have 104 nuclear power plants in america now. 23 of them are built according to designs that are similar to the nuclear power plants in japan that are now the focus of our concern. >> reporter: senator lieberman says he still supports the development of nuclear power, but the u.s. should take another look at its domestic policy. bill: the facts on the fukushima nuc
warned against. amid the ongoing violence, obama said he approved the u.s. of military aircraft to help migrant workers and other refugees return to their native countries. >>> the white house is proposing to trim $6.5 billion from the federal budget, though congress reached a deal this week to keep the government running for two more weeks, another deadline is looming in mid-march. yesterday joe biden carried the offer to capitol hill where he met for about an hour with top republican and democratic leaders. the proposal falls short of the more than $60 billions that the house voted on last month to slash from funding levellers, however the offer is characterized as an opening bid. house speaker john boehner telling the "wall street journal" he is determined to offer a budget that curbs social security and medicare despite the political risks. according to the congressional newspaper "the hill" boehner assured president obama he will not attack the administration if he makes a proposal to reform entitlement spending. still the president has reportedly not taken boehner up on the deal y
world war ii. we have team fox coverage this hour and james has the latest from washington on the u.s. effort to help. but first we will get to the pacific coast of japan. what is the latest on the nuclear situation there to the north? >>reporter: well, it is happening again, up the coast from where we are, the massive complex of nuclear reactors has been targeted, hit by both of earthquake and tsunami. the technicians this night are trying to avoid yet another hydrogen explosion at this reactor, the nuclear rods have been exposed, partly exposed and the risk of a meltdown at this reactor we are told is very real there already have been other explosions at one reactor this morning and another at another reactor on saturday. each time there is an explosion there is release of radioactivity that is why there is a 12 mile exclusion zone, 140,000 people have been evacuated and some have been exposed to radiation and the folk here, the authorities say it is under control but there are a lot of skeptical people here in japan and elsewhere. >>shepard: in question, greg, we know there are mil
and the u.s. will handoff control of the operation within days. >> what are we attempting to accomplish? >> extend the no-fly zone west towards tripoli. >> what are we attempting to accomplish. >> first comes the war, now the debate. what's the mission in libya? >> you understand there is still not a sufficient no-fly zone. harge. >> our jets are taking sides in a civil war. >> we kill his soldiers, we attack his compound, and apparently attempt to kill him. >> the obama administration's reason? pick fne. >> gadhafi needs to go. >> u.s. policy regime check. >> there hasn't been any disagreement that i'm aware of in terms of the mission. >> president obama says that the engagement in libya will be brief. >> one of our biggest concerns is libya descending into chaos and becoming a giant somalia. >> the president takes heat from all sides. >> tough questions from both parties in congress. >> he is facing a political mess. >> the president just did not adequately consult with the hill. >> the president is acting outside of the authority of the constitution. >> dennis kucinich is here to ma
of course sending a massive amount of aid and the u.s. military. the u.s.s. ronald reagan, the carrier strike group has an aircraft carrier and a number of united states ships there assisting in the rescue efforts as well as using-- we saw this in hurricane katrina, of course, the military and coast card using the massive ships as basically floating hospitals where they have fresh water and dave you pointed out earlier, the des desalization process. >> and that's vital and 70 countries offered aid including china which is interesting because they've been very contentious for years and years, especially in the last couple, over an incident that international waters in japan, and we won't get into the particulars, however, china came to their aid and offered condolences, offered money and as we've pointed out, the united states appears to be leading the way and we're supposed to check in with the 7th fleet of the navy later on this morning what they're doing to help. >> alisyn: you can see already, food ap supplies are distributed by our military and meanwhile, satellite photos are just
. the "new york times" reporting u.s. officials in the obama administration began to believe a no fly zone by itself would make no difference. these officials, "the times" reporting says began pushing for what's called a no drive zone, specifically the use of u.s. military air strikes to cut down gadhafi's ground forces to tanks and heavy artillery. the u.s. push for tonight's vote on the security council. the resolution approved 10-0 with five countries abstaining says that the u.n., quote, will take all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in libya including bin ghazi. if you're worried about u.s. ground forces going into libya, here is the next part of the resolution. while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of libyan territory. well, after the vote the united states ambassador to the u.n., susan rice, spoke to reporters today the security council has responded to the libyan people's cry for help. this council's purpose is clear. to protect innocent civilians. >> secretary of state hillary clinton said toda
. look. it appears to be number four that drove the u.s. government to dramatically break with the japanese government today, to start giving its own american assessment of what is going on at this reactor and these reactors instead of repeating what the japanese were saying. it is number four, or at least it appears to be the number four reactor that led the u.s. government to say that u.s. citizens should evacuate from an area around the reactor that is larger than what the japanese government has suggested. here is what's going on at reactor four. reactor four reportedly contains 130 tons of spent fuel. there's a reactor there. that was off when the quake happened. but it is still there. there's the reactor there, that was off. that's presumably cool shut down. then the spent fuel pool. 130 tons of spent fuel in that pool. for reference, that's about 28% less fuel than what blew up at chernobyl. the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission reportedly has its own experts on site at daiichi. even though japan is not saying this, american nuclear authorities, our nuclear regulat
into their cause. that is half of their active force. the united states involved in a big way, as well. the u.s.a. ronald -- u.s.s. ronald reagan and 20 rescue missions were run and choppers from there. six were in operation, rescue operations. you name it. at the end, it all comes to down to the japanese people. again in small coastal town we watched you might see a boat behind me. there were boats, there were trucks, there were cars lining the streets upside-down swept by the tsunami which had hit here on friday. most of those were taken away by the end of the day, very determined people, indeed. >> gregg: earthquake in japan hitting very close to home. many japanese-americans trying to get in touch with their loved ones. one community on the west coast springing into action to help victims. casey stegall is live in little tokyo section of los angeles. >> reporter: a lot of people don't know this but 300,000 japanese-americans call the state of california home. that is the largest population in all of the united states. little tokyo, a neighborhood back here behind me in downtown los angeles,
is allowing family members of u.s. government workers in japan to evacuate. arrangements are being made for charter flights. an earlier white house order told americans in japan to stay at least 50 miles away from the fukushima nuclear plant. japanese military helicopters have been dropping water on that crippled plant today. they're hoping the aerial assault will cool off the reactors and avoid a total meltdown. >>> the japanese stock market opened lower today. taking back yesterday's gains. the yen soared to a new high against the dollar on the currency markets. >>> finally, while the world watches the tragic events in japan, many wonder what we can do here to help. this includes one little massachusetts girl. >> she sprang into action selling her most precious items in hopes that she can help those who need it the most. here's tricia taskey of our affiliate wggb. >> here. >> this is autumn. and it's going to be hard for me to give her away. >> reporter: 7-year-old sage freeman is parting with some of her toys. >> this is tigger. >> tigger is going to be hard. >> reporter: the florenc
. it could spark intervention from the u.s. and its allies within hours. and david kerley is with the president, who is beginning a trip to latin america, in brazil. good morning, david? >> reporter: the president is in brazil now. waiting to see if the unpredictable moammar gadhafi heeds his warning. and gadhafi may have answered in the last several hours. and that letter that you mentioned, calling the u.n. resolution invalid. and his forces continue to strike at the rebels in the east. this morning, a striking image. a libyan fighter plane, shot down by rebel forces battling moammar gadhafi. the libyan leader had reportedly been bombing the rebels inside his country, despite president obama's stark warning just 12 hours earlier. >> a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. let me be clear. these terms are not negotiable. >> reporter: within hours of that statement, gadhafi's government scrambled, saying it's declared a cease-fire. but this morning, the fighting continues. and there are new questions about if and when the united states and its allies will have to enf
to explain to his supporters and critics by libya is important to u.s. national security. the president was that a multicultural school in the northwest today when riot that he was asked why he was spending money in libya when the school spending is lagging. libya was not what he wanted to focus on today. >> i will be addressing this issue tonight and i have already addressed that on several occasions including on your program. our involvement is going to be limited, both in time and scope. >> voters say they need a president to better explain the u.s. involvement. >> i want to hear from him why he feels is necessary to send troops over there. >> we are still boosting military spending but cutting all of these important programs, so i feel it is a problem. >> as the fights ray john, there are complaints from republicans and some democrats -- as the fighting rages on, there are complaints. on the ground, rebels are cheering. gaining strength that thanks to the air strikes by coalition forces. after losing ground last week, the rebels are dancing. a spokesman for the opposition says they'
, water, blankets and shelter from the bitter cold. >>> the u.s. government is taking no chances with citizens and troops in japan. it is now telling all americans to stay at least 50 miles away from the crippled nuclear reactor in fukushima. our foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is live at the white house with more on what they're recommending to americans that are in japan right now. hey, jill. >> hey, kiran. there's been a lot of change so let's go through it. late last night the state department announcing that they're having what's called a voluntary departure for the families of people who work in three different locations, embassies and consulate and another location in japan, so that is the u.s. embassy in tokyo, the consulate in nagoya and also the fsi, foreign service institute field school in yokohama. those people are being authorized to leave. they're not being forced or ordered to leave. it's voluntary still. state department says that it will have clarter planes available for those people to leave, 3600 if necessary. alsoer this saying those charter plan
at that plant are considering asking the u.s. military and japanese military to use hel helicopters to spray water into the reactors. that seems a dangerous measure but as you can see this crisis is escalating jon. greg: what is being done as far as the relief efforts? >> reporter: well, there's a massive relief effort going on come nateed by the nuclear issue. we know there are a hundred thousand japanese troops involved and the u.s. military are also heavily involved in it. the carrier the reagan is off-shore with a fleet of three ships and there's many more coming particularly from okinawa the marine base. they are gearing up to help at this time. it's very difficult. the other problem we are facing now is temperatures are dropping heavily at night and that is really hindering any attempt to save these people, basically four days after the earthquake and tsunami, jon. greg: with no power or heat in a lot of peep that's got to be a terrible tribulation for the people trying to survive. david piper reporting live. jenna: david mentioned some of our response. the u.s. military moving warship
in the u.s. earlier an aunt of the infant said a u.s. hospital agreed to care for joseph. joseph's parents have been battling with the canadian hospital caring for the 14 month old. doctors say the disease is fatal and they decided to go ahead and remove his breathing tube although his parents believe that removeing that tube would cause him to choke and die violent li. fox news just learned that the terminally ill infant known as baycy joseph just arrived here in the u.s. we will keep you informed of any new developments with that story as they become available. we did learn that his parents have brought him here to seek medical care because they weren't getting the care that they thought he should receive in canada. if you want to know more about the story log on to fox news .com to find out the very latest on this fox news exclusive. now, back to "geraldo at large" already in progress. anks to the venture card from capital o, we get double miles on every purchase. so we earned a trip to new orlns twice as fast! bebebebebebaaa! we get double miles every time we e our card, no matter what
prepare suicide the u.s. to deal with the major nuclear emergency. and wave of power -- newly surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits the oregon coastline. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with melting point. a skeleton crew working to prevent an all-out meltdown at the fukushima nuclear plant were forced out of the facility for nearly an hour today. the extremely rare measure was called for following a dangerous spike in radiation that japanese authorities feared was a risk to workers' lives. dan shenman reports. >> reporter: authorities in japan have struggled to avert an environmental catastrophe in the plant in tokyo. the rods were being stored in pools of water. seawater has been pumped into reactors one, two, and three to cool fuel rods as they worked to bring down temperatures in reactors five and six. >> if the fuel rod gets exposed, it can become fragile and there's a high chance of a rod to break. radiation material normally contained inside of the cont
, by any method. >> now, in a u.s. military briefing just a couple of hours ago, we were told there was no indication gadhafi's forces are moving away from either misrata or ajdabiya. cnn's nic robertson is in the capital city of tripoli. nic, tell me what you have been seeing there if the last 24 hours and also how gadhafi's defiance, if at all, has changed some of the forces within the capital city. >> reporter: well, one of the things we've seen really that reflects the fact that this no-fly zone seems to be fully in place is overnight last night, just before dawn this morning, we heard what sounded like jet aircraft flying overhead and then several loud explosions. so it does give the impression that the coalition can fly and can target locations in and around the city. effectively, it would seem like almost with impunity right now. ajdabiya is a red line for gadhafi. as government officials, they want to hold on to the city. it does appear they're not moving their forces out. the same with misrata. the impression is although a couple of coalition strikes overnight diminis
: a people interrupted published in 2007. iran: the green movement in the u.s.a. the fox and the paradox published last year and available for this evening. the world is my home, a hamid dabashi reader also published last year. and just outcome is she is in, a religion of protest. her blond eyebrow man, distinguished professor of iranian and middle eastern politics at beirut college. his books include iran between two revolution, published in 1982 and widely referred to as the meanest real reference point. tortured confessions in public recantation in modern iran published in 1999 and most recently come a history of modern iran published in 2008. hamid dabashi teaches middle eastern studies at records and is a frequent contributor to a range of publications including tehran bureau. her current research interests include political arts and music in iran, women and gender and fundamentalist religious communities in north america and women's rights movements in iran and the global comparative context. nader hashemi teaches middle eastern islamic politics at the joseph corbo is too cool for
. >> reporter: president obama ordered u.s. military aircraft to help evacuate foreigners from libya. but he has not ordered u.s. war planes to attack libyan war planes that take off, grounding gadhafi's air zone with a no fly zone. two senators said let's do it. >> i argue for the no-fly zone and i think we could achieve it. >> reporter: but it would not be risk free for u.s. pilots. >> it's not as simple as throwing up a -- moving an aircraft carrier and deploying a bunch of planes. you have to take action to make sure you have air dominance. >> reporter: action to eliminate gadhafi's defenses, his radar and missiles. action that president obama has not ordered. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >>> meanwhile, back in washington on the same day the labor department is expected to report significant progress on the jobs front, democrats and republicans are entering another day of talks to try and keep the government up and running without damaging the economy. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on that. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. good morning, ever
from south korea. u.s. military ships are delivering food and relief supplies and a british rescue team is scheduled to arrive on sunday with heavy lifting equipment and 150 rescue experts and search dogs from virginia and california are on their way to japan to help right now. >>> a few people have tested positive for radiation exposure according to a report on japanese public television. they were near a nuclear facility when something inside the plant exploded shortly after the earthquake. government officials say the reactor itself was not damaged. >>> and hawaii is moving to get federal funds to help rebuild in the aftermath of the tsunami. it struck the hawaiian islands early yesterday morning, sweeping maui's coast with six-foot waves, causing millions of dollars in damage. and hawaii's governor signed a state of disaster proclamation today. >>> and in california, governor jerry brown has declared a state of emergency in four counties. in crescent city, waves topped eight feet. in northern california, one man was killed when he was swept out to sea while taking pictures of the ts
>>> making news in america this morning -- >> the u.s. gets ready to hand off the mission in libya, after president obama makes his case to the nation, that military intervention was necessary. >>> from california, a sliding hillside puts homes in danger. families told to get out before their houses tumbled down. >>> and the drastic measures taken by one teen who wanted a new car. wait until you hear what she did to get it. >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. president obama takes his case for military action against libya on the road today. it will be part of a major speech that mr. obama gives later today. >> right here in new york. >> and last night, the president spoke to the nation to defend his choices and also to announce that nato will take over the lead role tomorrow. emily schmidt is joining us from washington with all the details. good morning, emily. >> reporter: peggy and rob, good morning to you. before president obama used the word libya last night, he said the words international effort. and he said the world had had a responsibility to a
nuclear plant. >> today a team of experts from the u.s. are expected to be on hand to help monitor the damaged reactors. you can also bet they'll have one of these, a geiger counter. the bbc's david shukman explains what they can expect when they get there. >> reporter: day after day, new threats emerge at fukushima, multiple explosions, sudden rises in radiation, a scene so hazardous only 50 workers are left on site to try to bring things under control. getting hard information about the fate of the power station is proving really difficult. here's what we think is happening. reactor one, its outer building exploded on saturday. there's probably been a partial melting inside. and they're still pumping in seawater. reactor two, the most worrying, with an explosion here last night and crucially a potential breach inside it. the first possible damage to any of the reactors. it's thought that this device down below, which handles excess pressure, may have been breached. and this could be one source of leaking radiation. now, reactor three is also in trouble with an explosion of the ou
. the cost of the price tag for the u.s. sky rocketed into the hundreds of millions of dollars. freeze the libyan leader made his first appearance, and said his forces will win in the short and long term. there are reports that sniders and tanks have begun targeting civilians. in the last strong hold in western libya. >>> president obama has cut short his trip to deal with the crisis in libya. the five-day tour was meant to improve u.s. relations with south america. >>> the nuclear crisis in japan is raising more fears this morning. owners of the crippled plant said gray smoke is coming from the third unit. it has been leaking since the massive earthquake it is now said that japan's tap water is not safe for infants. the u.s. is just announced it is banning food imports from the infected regions of japan. >>> there are report that it is u.s. is considering evacuating military service members on stationed in japan. sailors have been given potasz ium pills. >>> a new poll shows that d.c. voters give he and kwame brown low marks. kimberly? >> this is a poll, toppant lifts break it down th
, they may not dangers that people here in the u-s are worried about too. phe radiation is leaking from two nuclear reactors along thh pacific coast, that were heavvly daaaged by the earthquake. then yesterday, another explosion shook the region, damaging a containment poolland exposing part or all of the nuclear fuel rods iim still very concerned about what might happen to these are designed to not fail, but - so many things that were not supposed happen have hhppened or things that were supposed to happen have noo happened. elevated radiation levels were detected 25 miles south of ttkyo.and now, there's fear in the u-s about radiation poisoning here.many people are buying anti-radiation medication.one company has already sold out......another medication doesn't require a prescription.but, health officials on the west coast say... the distanne between japan anddthe united states will disperse almost all of the radiaaion before it even getsshere.washington state ii nearly 5 thousand miles froo japan.we are nearly 7-thousand miles away here n baltimore. as fears over radiation poisoning gr
there for the u.s. dollars is $32 a bulb. >> we were inspired. we both designed a bulb and installed them here. let's see how they >>> this morning on "world news now" -- breaking news. the nuclear threat in japan forces president obama to begin american evacuations. >> and because of a meltdown risk, families of u.s. embassy employees in japan are being urged to get out. it's thursday, march 17th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> and good morning, everyone, i'm mike marusarz in for rob nelson. >> i'm peggy bunker. that late development about evacuations of u.s. embassy families comes as a japanese military takes desperate steps to avoid a nuclear meltdown. can choppers with water make any difference? >>> also ahead, tough questions about nuclear safety here in the u.s. as the president stands by his plans to build more plants. >>> also, one very personal fund-raiser for tsunami and earthquake survivors in japan. a little girl's successful plan to sell her toys in order to raise money. a very sweet story. >> it is a sweet story. >>> we begin with that urgent action to
. >>> u.s. and coalition forces say most of libya's radar installations have been destroyed, now they will be focused on so-called targets of opportunity. for some republicans, however, any action taken by president obama is just another target of opportunity. >> we anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days, not a matter of weeks. >> president obama finally answers questions on why the united states has joined the battle against gadhafi. or is it a war? >> gadhafi needs to go. >> in the end of the third day of the operations, coalition air strikes have established a no-fly zone in the east. >> and we assume he is alive, that he is hunkered down in a bunker. >> punishing air strikes drove pro-gadhafi forces further to opposition bases. >> we are taking sides in a civil war. >> the commander in chief makes military decisions on libya, and watches the crisis on japan while on a diplomat i can trip to south america. so of course, republicans attack him. >> besides jewel track diplomacy. >> some of my colleagues are upset that france may be in the lead. >> tea parti
>>> two big stories developing at this hour in libya. more fighting overnight as the u.s. and its allies meet on whether to take military action. it could happen as soon as today. >>> in japan, more fallout from the growing disaster. now there's a new threat to those who live near the nuclear reactors. we will have a live report. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. dramatic twists on the ground in libya and the threat of international military action. it is rapidliesque lating. this morning, shelling has been reported at the rebel stronghold of benghazi despite a cease fire gadhafi ordered on friday. renls say they shot down a pro-gadhafi fighter jet. in paris, a crisis meeting will begin shortly to detail what kind of military action the international community may take. action could begin within hours of this meeting. we have a live report from the region. >>> we have big news from japan this morning. workers are making progress as they frant ickically attempt to rebuild power lines to the reactors and hope to re-establish power at the fukushima daiichi sometime today but eve
a nationwide review to see if u.s. plants are vulnerable to the same type of earthquake that hit japan. the indian point station is about 25 miles from new york city has two operating nuclear reactors and it sits right on top of the ramapo fault line. the nrc filed a report uncovering a higher safety risk at the plant than previously thought. and that's gotten the attention of new york governor andrew cuomo, a long-time opponent of indian point. >> the world has changed. reevalua reevaluate. reevaluate and look at the situation and decide whether or not you should grant this facility a license today. with what you know today. >> now, we had a chance to speak with officials from energy corp. on our show last week. they say they welcome a safety review. 27 nuclear reactors, including indian point have been singled out for inspections by the nrc. allan chernoff has been granted exclusive access inside the indian point plant and we'll have his report coming up in the next hour of "american morning." >>> another morning of explosions in tripoli and heavy aircraft fire. as of last night, the
on this desperate attempt just ahead. >>> growing disagreement today between officials in japan and here in the u.s. over the severity of the situation. the chair of the u.s. regulatory commission believes a storage pool holding highly radioactive spent fuel rods may be completely empty at this point and that at times radiation levels have been so high they would be lethal in a very short period of time. he urged americans to stay at least 50 miles away from the plant but that's four times the distance of the evacuation order from japanese officials. people in japan are growing really frustrated at this point about the lack of clear, prompt information. we'll talk about that as well as the state department's decision to begin offering voluntary evacuation to family members of personnel in japan. >> we have a lot to get to. let us start this morning with ann curry who is in northern japan. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, matt. as you report the situation is still very serious. the japanese government is saying the radiation levels are stable. the u.s. has its own experts
the american people what the u.s. role is in this mission. plenty of confusion right now on that front. >>> in japan, water with radiation levels 100,000 times the norm. and fears that some of it might be in the pacific ocean. >>> in libya, rebel forces are marching toward the capital. and after a weekend of key victories, the most pivotal fight may now be under way. cnn's resa is in libya where rebels seem to have seized the momentum. first off why the turnaround? >> i'm sorry, carol, i couldn't hear you. >> i just asked you why the turnaround for the libyan rebels? >> well, i think it had a lot to do with the air strikes. the coalition air strikes that started saturday. and there's no question that the momentum has shifted. i don't think too many people could have predicted in a matter of three days, these opposition forces would gain about 200 miles in territory and capture about five key cities. but that's exactly what has happened. the latest town to go into the habds of opposition forces, the town of ben jawad. and i think this surge, this shift in momentum started on saturday wi
. of course, it's been french, british, u.s. fighter jets that have been launching most of the air strikes. again, today another set of air strikes, according to a french official, in or near tripoli targeting a command center, brooke. >> reza, here is a new town, we're all learning, gadhafi's birthplace. we know the rebels are moving westward toward sirte. is that the next big battle, symbolic battle as well, for rebels here? >> reporter: well, it looks like it's the first battle in about three days. the opposition forces over the past 72 hours have been making it look relatively easy, rolling toward the west. this is the first time they're seeing resistance, little bit of fighting. that's probably because sirte is the hometown, the birthplace of colonel gadhafi. he has a lot of supporters, not clear how many have remained in this location. his tribe is based out of this place. rebel fighters telling cnn they're seeing some resistance, telling us that gadhafi loyalists using sha containry, trickery. one rebel fighter telling us that it looks like civilians have been armed. opposition figh
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